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Re: [OT] Insure/Ensure [was Re: A sensible plan for non-free]

Ben Burton wrote:
  Although ensure and insure are generally
  interchangeable, only insure is now widely used in American
  English in the commercial sense of "to guarantee persons or
  property against risk."

Moreover, my Macquarie (which rocks btw, at least if you're Australian)
says that using "insure" in Ean's sense (i.e., making sure that
something happens) is chiefly just a US English thing.


They used to have separate meanings, but now they are commonly accepted as synonymous.

As far as the insurance connection mentioned, insurance is limited term, while assurance is whole of life.


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